ODTV Video of the Week: How Los Angeles Joined the Open Data Movement
Have you ever wondered where your money in your city’s coffers go? For Ron Galperin, a desire for visibility into the City’s money and knowledge of Los Angeles’ operations, fueled his run for controller of Los Angeles. Galperin describes open data as a necessity, saying, “I really believe in making data-driven decisions, and that you’ll make better decisions if you have all the information, all the facts, in front of you.”
Now, you can see the details of the City’s $8 billion treasury — and not only details about the incoming and outgoing money, but contact information, including name, phone number, and email, for the people responsible for each of the City’s many funds. Watch this week’s featured ODTV video to see how Galperin and the City of Los Angeles were able to get this data up online — both under budget, and in less time than predicted — and how this accessibility is changing the behavior of both residents and those working in the government.